Marriott International has announced the signing of an agreement with Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited to debut the Ritz-Carlton brand in the Zanzibar Archipelago. Slated to open in 2021, the Ritz Carlton, Zanzibar will be located just 45 minutes from Zanzibar International Airport and will provide easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stone Town.
The signing of The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar took place at an intimate ceremony attended by the owners, Saleh Said and Brian Thomson, directors of Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited and Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, along with other executives from both companies.
The Ritz-Carlton, Zanzibar will be an all-suite and villa resort with 90 luxury accommodations, including over water villas, each with its own private pool and a design inspired by the island's tropical landscape and culture. The resort will have four restaurants and bar venues, an outdoor pool, a health club, a beach club and a kids' club. Guests will also have access to a spa with eight private spa suites offering individual and couple treatments as well as outdoor treatments.
The hotel will be part of the Amber Resort complex, expected to be the largest mixed use development in Africa occupying approximately 1,750 hectares of Indian Ocean coastline. The complex proposes to provide an integrated high-end lifestyle experience with a marina, a signature golf course designed by Ernie Els, residential villas and condominiums, as well as leisure and entertainment facilities including a water park and an equestrian center.